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Pharmacy Safety

How Different Agencies Help to Set Temperature Monitoring Standards

Pharmacy temperature compliance is inherently complex. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise. But, there’s a historical reason for this complexity. Currently, at least four different regulatory and non-regulatory bodies govern all of those rules and regulations: USP, CDC, FDA and State Boards of Pharmacy. Not only that, but the rules, regulations, and guidelines are constantly evolving.

Written by TempAlert | September 21, 2017

Food Safety

Industry & Policy Recommendations for Safe Home Delivery

In our previous post about home delivery, we looked at some of the reasons for the growth of home delivery service and the common food safety challenges associated with it.

Written by TempAlert | September 20, 2017

Remote Monitoring

A Visual Solution to a Tricky Problem

One challenge in developing a great user experience for our Bluetooth Food Probe companion software is connectivity to the right device. This might be familiar if you’ve ever tried to use a wireless mouse or keyboard in a crowded office;

Written by Philip Wang | September 12, 2017

Remote Monitoring

What Hurricane Harvey Teaches us About IoT

Hurricane Harvey teaches us how valuable internet connected sensors (IoT) can be to business operations. Disclosure: Our company, TempAlert, has deployed internet-connected sensors at over 50,000 locations to automate food safety and pharmacy safety.

Written by Jeremy Macdonald & Dave Raymond | September 7, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

3 Essential Considerations When Evaluating Temperature Monitoring Systems

Digital temperature monitoring systems are the way of the future. The days of manual monitoring are coming to a close. Quite simply, a clipboard system can’t compete with remote, continuous, automatic, wireless technology. But, if you’re thinking of adopting a digital system, it may seem a bit daunting, given the so many different technologies on the market.

Written by TempAlert | September 6, 2017

Food Safety

Collecting Food Safety Data: Make It a Benefit, Not a Burden

From voluntary standards such as ISO 22000 to mandatory regulations such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), there’s no escaping food safety laws and guidelines. At the same time, today’s demanding consumer wants proof that the foods they purchase are free of pathogens. Therefore, transparency and traceability are a must for the food industry.

Written by TempAlert | September 5, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Interactive Pharmacy Temperature Compliance Map

In our previous blog posts, we discussed the industry’s move toward continuous monitoring, and its benefits beyond compliance. Since the guidelines are changing so rapidly, we partnered with Bula Intelligence to create an interactive tool that allows you to see a state-by-state overview of temperature compliance rules and recommendations for medications and vaccines. Let’s take a closer look.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 31, 2017

Remote Monitoring

TempAlert Partners with ServiceChannel

We are excited to announce our partnership with ServiceChannel, the leading SaaS service automation platform for facilities management. In a press release issued today, ServiceChannel debuted their new solution partner program. The program facilitates the integration of the ServiceChannel platform with complementary solution providers, such as TempAlert.  

Written by TempAlert | August 30, 2017

Food Safety

Home Delivery and the Challenges it Brings

As you’ve probably been reading in the headlines, home delivery is one of the hottest trends in the food services industry. Online shopping and delivery services such as Stop & Shop’s Peapod and AmazonFresh, report increasing numbers of customers every quarter. Innovative home meal kit companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh, are taking off.

Written by TempAlert | August 29, 2017

Food Safety

The 3 Lenses of Digital Food Safety

While many people consider digital food safety to be driven by technology, there are multiple non-technology drivers which will determine the real success of your program.  We use The 3 Lenses of Digital Food Safety: People, Environment, and Process, to evaluate each program through 3 distinct dimensions.

Written by Jeremy Macdonald | August 22, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

5 Benefits of Continuous Monitoring Beyond Compliance

In our last post, we presented an overview of the US regulatory landscape and a comparison of manual and digital monitoring systems. We demonstrated how continuous temperature monitoring is a more proactive approach than a paper-based/clipboard system, and much more likely to meet compliance standards accurately as they change over time.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 16, 2017

Food Safety

Proactive GRPs: Exceeding Minimum Food Safety Standards

If you’re responsible for food safety for a large restaurant chain, then you know that regulations are not consistent across the nation. Instead, You may have to juggle federal, state, and local guidelines, which can be quite a burden.

Written by TempAlert | August 15, 2017

Remote Monitoring

Unlocking the Potential of Enterprise IoT

As with all transformative technologies, IoT has been the source of an inordinate amount of hype but has also been a catalyst for the digital industrial revolution. General Electric’s chief economist Marco Annunziato estimated that Industrial and Enterprise focused IoT could add between 10 and 15 trillion dollars to global GDP. These gains come through small, incremental improvements in the world’s industrial assets.

Written by Pavan Pant | August 10, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

How Stricter State Regulations are Leading to Continuous Monitoring

Accurate temperature monitoring is necessary to ensure the safety and efficacy of all medications and vaccines. That should be a given in the pharmacy industry. But the truth is, for many pharmacy chains and independents, temperature monitoring is merely guesswork. Too frequently staff responsible for temperature monitoring don’t understand the “why” of recording temperatures.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 9, 2017

Food Safety

How Temperature Monitoring Enabled Starbucks to Reduce Food Waste

In our previous post, we discussed the driving factors behind food waste within the restaurant industry, and we debunked the misconception that restaurants are exposed to liability risk if they donate their leftover food.

Written by TempAlert | August 8, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

6 Reasons Why Pharmacies Are Moving to Continuous Monitoring

If you’re still using a paper temperature log, then there is a very high probability of undiscovered thermal excursions in your fridges and freezers. Accompanying these unseen excursions is a high likelihood of you administering ineffective vaccines and medications.

Written by TempAlert | August 2, 2017

Food Safety

Food Waste: How Your Restaurant Can Make a Difference

Food waste is a pressing issue. Americans dispose of 160 billion pounds of food per year. That’s 40% of all food available, or 730 football stadiums full of discarded but safe food that is still edible. Many restaurants contribute to this waste when they dispose of unsold food at the end of the day.

Written by TempAlert | August 1, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

The Real ROI of Our Virtual Buffer Vial

In the first two posts of this series, we discussed the challenges associated with physical buffer vials and TempAlert’s solution - the Virtual Buffer Vial (VBV), a patented modeling approach that simulates actual product temperature and eliminates the need for physical buffers.

Written by Jason Sroka | July 27, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

6 Ways to Protect Your Vaccine Inventory

With flu season fast-approaching, your pharmacies will be receiving a large influx of vaccines. As they are inherently unstable, flu vaccines require temperature control during storage and transit along the cold chain. Sub-optimal temperatures can result in wasted product, or worse, costly re-vaccination programs.

Written by TempAlert | July 26, 2017

Food Safety

Food Truck Safety: Prevent Foodborne Illness with Remote Monitoring

Food trucks are here to stay. What might have seemed a fad a decade ago is now BIG business. The food truck niche is projected to haul in a whopping $2.7 billion in 2017. It’s not just small players either, many of the largest national chains have trucks on the road, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut.

Written by TempAlert | July 25, 2017

Food Safety

Ensuring Proper Temperature from Purchase to Plate

Food needs to be handled correctly from purchase to plate to ensure it’s safe to serve in your restaurants. Safe practices for handling, cooking, and storing food are essential to keeping your customers safe from foodborne illness.

Written by TempAlert | July 18, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Virtual Buffers: A Practical Approach to Product Safety Monitoring

In our last post we discussed the challenges of physical buffer vials, in particular (1) the shelf space they take up that could be used for products, (2) the potential to get in the way as product is access around them, and (3) the potential for the buffering materials to spill and ruin product or product packaging.

Written by Jason Sroka | July 13, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Vaccines and Power Outages: Steps You Can Take to Monitor Temperature

When storing vaccines in a pharmacy or hospital, a power outage is qualified as an emergency. Since maintaining their optimal temperatures is essential to preserving their integrity, safely monitoring vaccines during a power outage is, therefore, a top priority.

Written by TempAlert | July 12, 2017

Food Safety

Foreign Supplier Verification Program: Keeping Food Imports Safe

Twenty percent of the total United States’ food supply is imported. To break that down, 70% of our seafood is imported, as well as 35% of our fresh produce. That’s a lot, and it could likely include foods that are being distributed to your restaurants. So, how do we know that the imported food is safe? That’s why we have the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).

Written by TempAlert | July 11, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Stop Crying over Spilled Glycol!: The Challenges of Buffer Vials

TempAlert assists companies across a wide range of domains in setting up remote environmental monitoring systems.  A common reason our customers install remote monitoring systems is to assure that their products are safe for consumers. Two major industries that use our technology are pharmaceutical applications and food services.

Written by Jason Sroka | July 6, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

Best Practices for Transporting Vaccines

The CDC does not recommend the transport of vaccines - with good reason. However, there are ways to do it safely in an emergency situation.

Refrigerated and frozen vaccines must maintain their optimal temperature values to preserve their potency. Transporting them only multiplies the opportunities for temperature loss due to the potential of uninsulated packaging, warm storage spaces in transport vehicles, or...

Written by TempAlert | June 28, 2017

Pharmacy Safety

6 Steps for Handling Temperature Excursions

What is a temperature excursion? In the pharmaceutical industry, it refers to any temperature reading outside recommended ranges from the manufacturer’s package insert. Why is it important? Because out-of-range storage temperatures or inappropriate conditions for any vaccine can negatively impact the efficacy, and will require immediate action.

Written by TempAlert | June 21, 2017

Remote Monitoring

GMP, USDA, FDA, CDC, NIST: Acronyms Explained

Acronyms are extremely useful. We use them (mainly) to help consolidate names and associations into digestible briefs. Instead of "Entertainment and Sports Programming Network", we use "ESPN" when referring to that particular organization. Still, acronyms can often be confusing, misleading, or largley unclear to an untrained eye.

Written by TempAlert | April 22, 2013

Remote Monitoring

Patent Approved For Advanced Cellular Monitoring And Cloud Computing

TempAlert, formerly Temperature@lert, announced on October 11, 2012 the approval of another patent application in support of company’s flagship product, the Cellular Edition wireless sensing system. With cost-effective, easy-to-install and use hardware coupled to TempAlert’s advanced Sensor Cloud technology, the Cellular Edition has become the standard by which all other products are measured.

Written by TempAlert | November 5, 2012

Remote Monitoring

Tip: The Importance Of Baselining For Setting Up Your Device

Often we receive inquiries about our recommendations for the appropriate temperature thresholds to set. However, at TempAlert we know that every room or refrigerator has its own microclimate (even sensors inches apart can read different values). Although similar applications might share the same temperature threshold range, every location is unique. So how does one figure out the correct range?

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Written by TempAlert | March 19, 2012